Our own episodic attacks with fancy weapons will do nothing to alter the realities in Syria. Britain, instead, should take part in serious conversations about how to stop this atrocity of a civil war before it enters its eight, tenth or twelfth year. The Lebanese civil war lasted a horrific 15.
Michael Burleigh continues his case that China, unlike any other great power, is uniquely overwhelming and the planet’s longest reigning home of “high civilisation”. In potentially becoming the world’s top nation, China is only restoring the position it has enjoyed for most of its 5,000 years of existence. And, insists Burleigh, compared to an increasingly unilateralist Washington DC, Beijing seeks to protect the existing multilateral world order.